Reviewer:Jac from Tucson
April 14, 2007 Subject:
This is a nice-sounding show, worth more than 3 stars
I don't know where the previous reviewer is coming from, comparing a Bettyboard with this show. Bettyboards were clear, but there were plenty of problems (tape flips, adjustment problems at the start of a show) that don't make them, IMHO, the standard by which to judge a show's audio quality. The sound on this is clear, no hiss, no distortion, no muffle/venue "echo" like you get with an audience recording. I don't have any problem whatsoever with this show. It's a nice performance by an up-and-coming band. The previous reviewer doesn't even know who these guys are -- expecting reggae instead of nice, original rock. He should have judged this show on its own merits and given it at LEAST 4 stars. I give it 5. It's probably really 4-1/2, but I'm giving it a full 5 to offset his weak-ass 3 stars. Download this. You won't regret it -- if you know who these Chicago guys are and what kind of music you'll be getting!
August 7, 2005 Subject:
its a pity
It is a shame that there are not more of these dudes shows out there. I had never heard of them or even seen them on any festival fliers, but downloaded their show on spec just 'cause of the allusion to Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studios in their name -- 56 Hope Rd. I expected to hear a reggae/jamband but instead got this high powered rock based jam band that remembers that the guitar is actaually a percussive instrument. Sometimes a bit reminiscent of a sorta Allman's sound (pocekt full of cash) and sometimes a touch of Dave Matthews, but, like anything original, they kinda defy any real placement or definition. A nice "discovery", so to speak. Sound quality is quite clean and the set is full of energy. I don't give out 4 and 5 stars too easy given that the 'gold standard' is Betty Board Grateful Dead stuff but I would easily give these 3 stars approaching 4. The drums really snap.